Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF) - 2022

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
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How to Apply

Deadline Extended!

Please visit our website www.energy.gov/fe/mlef for detailed information on how to apply for the MLEF program.

Application Tips:

Application tips can be found on the MLEF website.

To increase your chances of being selected for the MLEF program, we recommend:

  1. Reading the eligibility criteria carefully to make sure you can be considered for this program.
  2. Spending the necessary time on your essay responses and your resume. 
    • Answer each question.
    • Effective and efficient writing is valued over quantity of writing.
  3. Ensuring that everything you submit is grammatically correct, clearly expressed and neatly organized.
    • Write a draft, edit it repeatedly, and ask someone whose judgement you trust to read it and make suggestions for improvement.
    • Use a word processor to draft your answers and then copy and paste to the application.
  4. Asking questions!  Contact us at mlef@hq.doe.gov if something isn’t clear.
  5. SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION!  We can’t select you if you don’t submit an application. You will receive an e-mail once the application is submitted.
Application Deadline
2/9/2022 11:00:00 AM Eastern Time Zone

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program is a 10-week summer research fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM majors. Participants complete a cutting-edge research project at one of the Department’s National Laboratories or DOE Headquarters in support of the Department’s mission to minimize the environmental impacts of energy resource recovery and use while working towards net-zero emissions. 

The mission of the MLEF program is to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals, and this program has mentored nearly 1000 of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in the STEM workforce. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

As a MLEF participant, you will train under the mentorship of scientists and engineers while completing a mission-focused research project. During the 10-week appointment, you will receive a weekly stipend, and may be eligible for housing and travel allowances. You will also gain insight into how the Department of Energy is working toward an equitable and clean energy future.

Visit the MLEF program website for more detailed information on the program.


  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8
  • At time of application, be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Associates, Bachelor’s, or Master’s level.
  • Must be deemed at least a college sophomore by your college/university at the time of application. Must have completed at least one year as a matriculated undergraduate student at the time of applying.  Advanced Placement credits or other undergraduate credits obtained prior to undergraduate enrollment cannot be applied to meet the minimum one-year completion requirement.
  • Be available to participate in the full 10-week program
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, or Master's Degree.
  • Overall GPA: 2.80
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students or Undergraduate Students.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (45 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (10 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (1 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age

I certify, that at the time of application, I am at least 18 years of age; that I am a U.S. Citizen; that I am currently enrolled full-time in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Associates, Bachelor's, or Master's level and that I am at least a current sophomore; that I have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher; and that I am available to participate in the MLEF program from Monday, June 6, 2022 to Friday, August 12, 2022.


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